A sensational performance saw Netherlands comfortably down World Cup winners France in De Kuip. The result relegates Germany from the Nations League. 

Ronald Koeman decided to name the same eleven that defeated Germany last month with Denzel Dumfries once again at right-back, while Steven Bergwijn started up front alongside Memphis Depay and Ryan Babel.

Netherlands made a bright start with Georginio Wijnaldum forcing Hugo Lloris into a great save within minutes. Oranje then dominated possession but came up against a defensive wall from France.

The visitors looked to soak up Netherlands pressure and hit on the counter which nearly worked but Antoine Griezmann’s header was straight at Jasper Cillessen before Benjamin Pavard sent a fizzing effort just over the bar.

Just as it seemed we were heading for a goalless first half, Steve Nzonzi directed a header back into his box and to a free Babel. The forward saw his strike kept out by Lloris but Wijnaldum was on hand to net the rebound.

In the second half, Netherlands were excellent as they drove constantly at France’s defence and a number of chances were created. Dumfries tested Lloris twice, while Memphis saw a free-kick tipped just wide. At the other end, France could not trouble Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt, who dealt well with Griezmann and Mbappe throughout.

Late into injury time, the excellent Frenkie de Jong was brought down in the box and Memphis sealed the win with a cheeky Panenka penalty.

The victory means Netherlands can safely start planning for the Euro 2022 qualifiers as one of the top seeds and can win the group on Monday if they draw or beat Germany. What a night for Oranje at De Kuip!




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